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one of Thailand sad and cruel heartbreaking stories
Over the past five years, a grandmother and grandson have begun their day with a
routine that is heartbreaking to both them and their neighbours.
The boy, who has Down’s Syndrome, starts to cry out loud as the grandmother ties him to a bed with rope.
But Noi Pongsa, 78, does not do this as a form of abuse. She is blind and can think of no other way to keep the boy safe, as he is prone to wandering outside the home where the two of them stay alone during the day.
She said that 10-year-old Kraiwit Pongsa, or Nong Saman, had left the house in Chok Chai district dozens of times without his grandmother knowing and her own handicap meant she could not search for him.
Each time it happened, she would have to ask the police or her neighbours for help in finding the boy, who sometimes walked several kilometres away from his home.
Fearing he may fall victim to an accident or be snatched away, Noi said she had no choice but to fasten Nong Saman to the bed when the two of them were left alone in the house.
Pig farts spark alarm - 2 year old story but still curious to read!
The farmer in Axedale, a town in Victoria in the south-east of the country, called the emergency services after believing he had smelled gas.
But when the fire crews arrived, they found the real culprit – a 260lb sow the family’s children kept as a pet.
Fire captain Peter Harkins said: “When we got there, as we drove up the driveway, there was this huge sow, about a 120-odd kilo (265-pound) sow, and it was very obvious where the gas was coming from.
“We could not only smell it, but we heard it and it was quite funny.”
He added: “She got very excited when two trucks and 15 firies turned up and she squealed and farted and squealed and farted.
“I haven’t heard too many pigs fart but I would describe it as very full-on.”
However, despite the false alarm, Mr Harkins said the farmer had done the right thing by calling 000 (the Australian equivalent of 999). He told The Melbourne Herald Sun: “It’s all bottled gas up here and a leaking cylinder could pose a major fire risk.
“It was because we took it so seriously that 15 volunteers still managed to attend the call out at 10.30 on Tuesday night.”